Since most people get a lot of joy out of travelling, I thought a section on Sayulita Mexico might be of interest to some people. First, if you make most of your income on line like I do then you will want to know a good internet cafe. Garcia Realty on calle Revolucion 41 is a great place and you can even check out some real estate while you are at it.
There are about 12 computers in here and a wireless connection if you have your laptop. Let me tell you, if you do any work on the internet its a heck of a lot better to be sitting in this little surfing town then in crowded puerta vallarta. Its cheaper and better in all regards except maybe accommodation.
There is great service and you are well taken care of but anything that would be regarded as a upper grade room is hard to find because they get booked up fast if they do actually exist. Its hard to tell right now about the room rental situation because I just got into Sayulita last night. I ended up getting a nice room with a barking gecko. He was a cute little fellow though, just a little talkative.
Well the sun is shining and its time to get to the beach. I just wanted to start putting up some info before I forgot and will write more about room rentals, real estate and business opportunity as I come across it over the next few days.
Onto my new tattoo…
Sayulita Mexico Tattoo Shop
Every once and a while you run across a person who by simply being themselves, can teach you a lesson. Teiki is the man who owns and runs Teikis Tattoo Shop in Sayulita Mexico. I had the pleasure of getting a tribal shoulder tattoo done by him and Branda got a tribal butterfly tattoo on her shoulder blade.
Here is Teiki with a big smile.
How about another one from the man himself!
Teiki does all original tribal polynesian tattoos. First he will free hand an outline for you to look at and then if you like it he will free hand the insides of the tattoo with tribal themed designs. I have a couple of tattoos but Teiki blew me away.
Teiki is just setting up his shop and is in the process of adding the beauty touches that most store fronts have. Let me tell you one thing though, his work is absolutely awesome. He has already taken 1st and 3rd place at Guadalajara tattoo competition last year. Both for tribal designs. Teiki is from Tahiti and Polynesian themed tattoos are his deal. He loves all black work but will do color.
Here is the initial sketch of Brandas tribal butterfly on her shoulder.
Here is the done tattoo, sorry for the bad picture taking!
Here are a couple shots of the work getting done by Teiki in Sayulita, Mexico just north of puerto vallarta. I will talk more about Sayulita Mexico in another post because this is a wonderful town with wonderful people. We are so glad we went and got to know some people and they welcomed us with open arms.
Here is Teiki working on Brandas tattoo. Freehand baby.
Here are my action shots for my shoulder tribal piece. Dont I look happy? Seriously, this was a pretty painless tattoo. Teiki has the touch:
I guess the whole deal from sketch to completion took about 4 hours in total. Once the design is drawn on, Teiki works fast for how awesome his work is.
Here is the finished shoulder piece! The cool thing about this tattoo is that there is so much that can be added to it. I think that next year I will go back and get Teiki to add on a chest piece or a necklace of sorts. I am so happy with the tattoo. UPDATE: Here is the new tattoo work I got done in mexico
So how do you find Teiki’s tattoo shop in sayulita mexico? Teiki’s Tattoo shop is a little hard to find if you are new to town, but if you just trust the map or ask anyone in town you will find it. The outside of the shop looks like a normal small white mexican house snugged into the corner of an intersection but that is changing fast as Teiki is fixing up his shop. Right now there is no outside sign up but that is probably next on the list.
Here are two maps I did that should help you find it and here is Teiki’s email if you want to try and book an approximate appointment. To set a solid appointment time you will have to put a deposit of 100 pesos and talk to Teiki in person.
And the email you need to contact Teiki was firstname.lastname@example.org (it has been bouncing and not working as of last try though). On a personal note…thankyou for everything Teiki. Peace and love. There are no ordinary moments!
Branda’s Take On Sayulita Mexico (And How To Get There)
Here is Brandas take on a few days of our mexcio backpacking trip.
OK everyone, here’s the update. After spending 3 insanely crazy days in Guadalajara (pop. 8 million) Ray and I boarded a bus to Puerto Vallarta for the last leg of our trip………to get to Sayulita! Tonya had told me about this small town when we were living together and I’ve always wanted to visit. We got to PV almost without any hitches, except the 4.5 hour bus ride it was supposed to be turned into almost 6 hrs!! On the Sayulita website it says to get to the Gigante accross from the Sheraton to catch the bus. WELL, there is no Gigante accross from the Sheraton, sooooooo we ended up hoofing it down main street PV with our back packs in the hopes of finding someone that knew where we were supposed to go. Some drunk guy stopped us at one point and said “are you going to Sayulita?” How wierd. How the hell did he know?? Maybe because we had back packs? Who knows. God must have been watching and feeling our frustration.
The one good thing is that we finally found where Mexico has been keeping the sunshine. IN PV!!!! Freakin’ hot and beautiful.
OK, so we finally find the bus and are on our way. We can not wait to get there and see where we’ll be spending the night as we decided to wing it and not book anything ( I know, soooooo not like me) We met a nice guy on the bus that pointed us in the right direction once we arrived as to where to find most of the hotels. Well, apparently no-one sits in their office waiting for people to check in cause we kept finding hotels with vacancy signs and no-one there to talk to!!!!! We went to one condo complex and ran into a man that was renting there (he’s from Kimberly, BC) who said, “just throw your bags in my truck and I’ll drive you around to find something”. HOW NICE!! By this point it was about 6pm and we had been going since 7am. I was so done. We found a great place for 390 pesos/night. Which is $39 usd. Not too bad for being a stones throw from the beach.
Now, let me tell you about Sayulita Mexico. I fell in love with it as soon as I got off the bus. It’s sooooo small. It takes about 15 minutes to walk the whole town! Full of surfers boys (hot, hot, hot!!!) unfortunately along with that comes the surfer chicks. I’ve never felt soooooo self consious in a bikini in my life. I’m about the only girl here without a six pack!!!
I thought life in Maz was laid back, well, you should see it here. I totally understand why Tonya stayed here for so long. If I could think of a business they need here, I would move here in a heart beat. Last night after having dinner we went to the center plaza and some guys were playing the bongo drums and dancing. It was so cool! There are dogs EVERYWHERE, so Ray is in heaven. He gave his sausages to one this morning and she became his best friend. Slept at his feet all through breakfast:)Just to give you an idea of how small it is here, Ray and I have to catch a bus today to go to a town about 20 min away for the bank machine!!! YES, there is no bank machine. I’ve never heard of such a thing!!
Well, so here we are. Our first entire day here, the sun is shining, I have food in my belly, a place to stay tonight, and a gecko in my bedroom!?!? Yes, last night we were just falling asleep and our little room gecko decide to start barking. It’s a good thing we knew the souns though, cause if we hadn’t it REALLY would have hreaked me out.
Sorry about all the snow you guys got. I wish you all were here. I think we’ll be staying here for a while. At least until tuesday, but possibly longer. Ray’s going to take some surfing lessons today so hopefully that goes well. I’ll be watching from the beach in panic mode. Maybe I’ll have a cerveza to calm my nerves:) I’ll keep you updated on our travels. Love you guys!!
PS I just remembered 1 thing I had to tell you about the bus trip from Guadalajara to PV. WE just get settled in and the girl beside Ray starts singing with her i-pod on!! If you’ve ever heard someone sing when they can’t hear themselves, you know it doesn’t sound good. I was laughing soooooo hard, tears were rolling down my face and somehow Ray didn’t lose it. To make it worse, she was trying to sing in english but truly had no idea what the words actually were. Gad, it was funny. Then she whips out her nail polish and starts giving herself a manicure. I thought Ray was going to chuck her out the window cause he HATES the smell of nail polish. KInda funny:)
Our Mazatlan Mexico Travel Fun
I’m in Mazatlan Mexico for another short vacation. Every year I try to add a week to my time down there and this year it’s up to five weeks. I’ve got three weeks done in Mazatlan so far this year and now I am heading down for another week on Friday. Why do I keep going there? Well, first I get to practice my spanish and second, Mazatlan is affordable and beautiful.
Some people say they like the Cancun type deal but if I wanted American stuff then I would vacation in the U.S. I really like the local food and laid back atmosphere.
Here are the major stats and vacation guide tidbits on Mazatlan Mexico (as of 2008):
Mazatlan Mexico, better known as “The pacific Pearl”, is one of the prettiest and most important ports on the pacific coast. It’s located in the southern part of the state of Sinaloa, 132 miles southeast from its capital, Culiacan. Mazatlan has great warm weather, with an average temperature of 77 F year round.
The Major Tourist Spots In Mazatlan:
Mazatlan’s historical center is characterized by the narrow streets and colonial style buildings. It feels friendly and is safe to walk around. You can also take tours of the area if you are not the outgoing kind. You can also get around the historical area of Mazatlan by hiring a “pulmonia” which is basically a Volkswagen beetle without windows and turned into a cab.
Some of the most interesting and popular places to visit are the famous Pino Suarez Market (run the gauntlet of vendors, wear ear plugs and hide your “all inclusive bracelet”), as well as the Angela Peralta Theater where many artists, musicians and art vendors sell stuff you can look at or buy. I had an awesome day down there just eating and looking at art. Then when evening came there was an incredible Flamenco concert with crazy music to boot. It was great.
Most of the buildings in the downtown of Mazatlan are quite old and an afternoon there can make you feel lost in time. If you don’t opt for a pulmonia (which will probably cost you $3-$4) from the golden zone, I would suggest jumping on a bus for 60 cents. The Mazatlan bus system is fantastic and it’s crazy how cheap you can get around once you get a handle on the major routes. The bus will go down the Malacon and take a left at the lights. At any point here you can get off and start roaming but a map would be a great idea to zone in on the square where the Angela Peralta is located.
Mazatlan Bus Routes
If you’re going to mexico you’ve got to get the hang of using the buses. They are cheap, run very frequently and will stop anywhere to pick you up.
There are two different types of buses in Mazatlan. One is larger painted green and has airconditioning. They are most often used by the tourists because they cost a little more. They cost 8 pesos from the golden zone to downtown which is great considering a pulmania would probably cost you anywhere from 30-50 pesos. Which is still dirt cheap.
The other type of bus in Mazatlan is a smaller usually white and green bus with no airconditioning and costs 5.5 pesos from the hotel zone to downtown (as of 2008). You may have to pay an extra .5 on there if you are out of town like I was at the Costa Bonita Resort.
Mazatlan buses begin running at 5:30 am and stop around 10:30 pm except the Cerritos Juarez that goes out of town which stopped at 6 when I was there. That was a bit of a walk that one.
Buses come by every 10-15 minutes and here are the routes:
Small Mazatlan Bus: The Cerritos Juarez route stops at the Gan Plaza and Soriana shopping malls and near the baseball stadium. The Sabalo Cocos route stops at Walmart, Gigante Supermarket, Plaza Ley del Mar, across from Soriana and the bus station.
The big Mazatlan Bus: The big bus runs three routes. Sabalo Centro, Sabalo Cocos Centro and the Cocos Juarez. The first two of these can be caught anywhere in the Golden zone. Just wave your arm and he’ll stop if you can find a bus station. The Sabalo Centro goes all the way down the Malecon right by a favorite gym of mine down there which I will be writing an article on shortly.
The Sabalo Cocos Cenro stops at Walmart, Soriana and both Ley supermarkets before reaching downtown.
Every bus has a different location for the buzzer. So when you get on take a look around so you know where it is when you want to stop and get off. Oh, and yelling questions of where this bus goes to the bus driver in louder English does not help him understand you any better and it makes us other gringos in the bus really embarrassed.
90% of my time in Mazatlan is spent on the beach so here is the low down on the best mazatlan beaches where you can catch some food, fun and sun when you visit.
With more than 12.42 miles of shoreline, Mazatlán offers a great variety of beaches of easy access with beautiful landscapes and crystal clear water. The tranquility of the ocean offers you the chance to practice any water activity such as swimming, body surfing, and normal surfing, among others. You can even throw in a few back flips because the sand is pretty forgiving.
PLAYA GAVIOTAS BEACH: It is located 37mi. to the north of Mazatlán in the heart of the Golden Zone. It is formed by a long extension of soft and white sand and is the perfect place were you can enjoy a sunbath, practice volleyball, jet ski, parachute and kayak.
PLAYA BRUJA BEACH: Located to the north of Mazatlán, it will make you experiment your adrenaline to the maximum, specially if you are looking for waves for surfing and enjoy its landscapes and sunsets.
PLAYA OLAS ALTAS BEACH: Located in “The Old Mazatlan” (downtown), this unique beach has the characteristic that the sand moves around depending on the season, giving the impression that the rocks change places. It is great for surfing and scuba diving.
PLAYA NORTE BEACH: It begins in the north end of Mazatlán and ends all the way in the Golden Zone. Is one of the longest beaches in the country with 9.9 miles of length and it is ideal for swimming and having a good and relaxing time.
PLAYA CAMARÓN SÁBALO BEACH: It is located 40.38 miles to the north of Mazatlán in the tourist area. This beautiful beach has crystal clear water and it is 1.24 miles long. There you can find many exciting activities such as parachute, banana riding, kayak and wind surfing.
PLAYA CERRITOS BEACH: Cerritos beach is located on the north eastern part of Mazatlan and you can easily get to this beach by public transportation. It’s worth mentioning that this beach has thick sand and you need to be careful as the current is a lot stronger around this area and the waves are bigger.
There are several islands (stone island is awesome and you dont have to do a tour to get there, but thats another story) that you can hit up too that have awesome beaches. The first is the beaches of Isla De La Piedra which is 2.48 miles south of Mazatlan and you get to it by crossing the navigation canal. This beach is beauty if you are into coconut palms and good food. You’ll find plenty of both here.
The second spot is the beaches of Isla Venados, which is found right across from Playa Gaviotas beach. You can hire a boat, get a tour and I saw one crazy bugger swim it one day. I was sitting on the beach and then saw him from far away, then a boat comes by later and it was his wife arriving to pick him up! The guy had to be 60 years old. Crazy! I wouldn’t try it if I were you.
Bring everything you need to the beach, especially sunscreen and water! DON’T throw crap on the beach. If you packed it there, pack it out. This means cigarette butts too!
The Gym I Visited While In Mazatlan
So far the only gym I have been to is right off of Camaron Sabalo street by Rico’s coffee shop. When you see Rico’s, take a right and then it is on your left about 50 feet up the street. Its the two green doors. I know, I know, but if you have ever been to Mazatlan Mexico, you’d know these are pretty standard type directions! If you are by the Balboa hotel your getting in the right area. If you have hit the El Cid area you’ve gone to far.
I’ll get the name of the gym on the next trip but I woke up at 4:30Am this morning and went for a walk. After a few moments of meditation on the beach I went for a walk up the street and thats when I saw that this gym was open.
Hours: 6AM – 1PM
Then reopens at 3PM to 10PM
Saturdays gym hours are 8am to 1pm
1 day drop in is $5 US and a monthly rate is available for $35 Us or 350 pesos, there both pretty close to the same amount.
The weights are heavy and the air is hot. Its functional but old school. I have awesome workouts there. Its mostly iron and cables. Dont wear white workout gear because you are going to get rust on them. Its not dirty in there by any means but with the humidity and steel you are going to get rust. There are a few spinning bikes at the gym and some old style steppers but thats about it. The gym has cardio classes and I will try to grab a schedule the next time I’m by.
The counter staff can speak enough english that you can get what you need and they are super friendly. The clientele is mostly people from the nearby hotels with the old local. You’ll feel right at home.
The Tribal Wolf Tattoo I Got In Mazatlan
The addiction is growing because my tribal shoulder tattoo has grown since my last trip to Mexico when Branda got her butterfly tribal tattoo. It seems like every year my artwork keeps growing.
This time instead of getting it done in Sayulita Mexico I went to Mazatlan by myself and got the guys there to come up with more of a tribal sleeve tattoo based around a wolf and the four elements.
I have a close connection to canines and the wolf is my animal totem. We hook up and hang out whenever the drum starts beating. Speaking of beats I cant wait for Shambhala in a couple of days!
Here is Tecato outlining the initial design for the wolf part of the tattoo.
I walked through the door with a sketch of a wolf head and some background ideas and they took take of the rest. The actual wolf head part of the tattoo was done via a presketched stencil and the rest of the pattern design was done free hand.
How long did the wolf tattoo take? 7 hours. My butt went numb! They did an awesome job though and it was a fun 7 hours in their tattoo shop. I didn’t ask for anything but they were nice enough to stop and share some of their fried chicken with me and it was golden.
What I liked most about them is that they took my wolf tattoo to the next level because they wanted to. Tecato would finish one part and I’d think I was done and then he would talk to his buddy and then the next thing I knew, there was more tribal design pattern going further down my arm.
I’m happy the way the wolf tattoo melts into the shoulder tattoo done by Teiki. It looks like the wolf is howling at a moon to me which is perfect.